The British Press Photographers’ Affiliation has condemned the arrest of a photographer and documentary film-maker as they captured photographs of a Simply Cease Oil protest.
Wealthy Felgate, a documentary maker, and Tom Bowles, the photographer, have been arrested by a Hertfordshire police officer as they caught the motion on a footbridge over the M25 on Monday.
Bowles later claimed on Twitter that officers turned up at his house at 11pm earlier than he had returned house, waking his spouse and daughter and looking out the property. Nonetheless, each males have been in the end launched with out additional motion.
The Guardian has contacted Hertfordshire police for remark.
The BPPA, which represents greater than 400 photographers, stated: “The BPPA strongly condemns the arrests of two photographers, and members of the BPPA, by Hertfordshire police this morning at a Simply Cease Oil protest. Information gatherers ought to be capable of function freely with out worry of arrest.”
Writing on Twitter, Felgate stated the police had “little interest in seeing press ID and handcuffed us immediately”.
“They stated they wanted to go looking me for objects which could possibly be used to commit felony injury,” he wrote. “Clearly, they discovered nothing, so an officer stated ‘simply arrest them for conspiracy as an alternative then’.”
Felgate stated he and Bowles have been held in custody for 13 hours and questioned by police who tried to get him to “reveal my journalistic sources and provides them the pin to my telephone”.
“I needed to spell it out to the police many, many occasions that I’m a film-maker, not a protester,” he stated, including he had to supply “rigorous” particulars of his work. He stated each males have been launched with “no additional motion”.
Simply Cease Oil began a marketing campaign of protests principally in and round London in April. The group says its supporters have been arrested practically 2,000 occasions, with 5 activists in jail.